1930 – 2019
After a long battle from the effects of the West Nile Virus, Bernie went to be in the arms of his Lord and Savior on December 13, 2019 surrounded by his loved ones. Bernie was born on December 3, 1930 in Hospers, Iowa the son of Cornelia (Vegter) and Henry Haak.
Bernie attended Delevan High School before volunteering for the Army. He was a Korean War Veteran serving in the artillery. He was married to Katheryn Anne Keyzer for 63 years and farmed in Wisconsin and Washington where he was a dairy farmer and then farmed an orchard growing apples and cherries. He was a member of the Sunnyside Christian Reformed Church. Bernie loved to read and travel. He loved to share his faith in God and traveled to India, Russia, and Taiwan to distribute bibles. He loved to laugh and play with his grandchildren.
He is survived by his wife Anne Haak, Sunnyside WA., and his children; Dale and Nell of Richmond Virgina, Connie and Tony Hillerman of Yakima WA., Bernie Lee of Sunnyside WA, Donald & Evangeline of Seattle WA., James and Karen of Bellevue WA., Paul and Colleen of Longbranch WA. and 15 grandchildren and 19 great grandchildren. Siblings Henry & Karen, Jo An & John VanHill, Corinne & Nelvin Volgel, and sister-in-law Etheleen Haak. He is preceded by parents Henry & Cornelia, Siblings Clarence, John, Arie, William, Henrietta, Theresa.
Donations in Bernie’s name can be made to The Gideons International or to Sunnyside Christian School.
Viewing and visitation will be on Tuesday, December 17, 2019 from 4:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. and Wednesday, December 18, 2019 from 9:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. both at Smith Funeral Home in Sunnyside, WA. A graveside service will be Wednesday, December 18, 2019 at 12:00 p.m. at Lower Valley Memorial Gardens in Sunnyside, WA. with a Celebration of Life at 1:00 p.m. at the Sunnyside Christian Reformed Church in Sunnyside, WA. Those wishing to sign Bernie’s online memorial may do so at www.funeralhomesmith.com Smith Funeral Home in care of arrangements.
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